Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

West Nile virus found in Weld, Larimer and Delta counties

West Nile virus found in Weld, Larimer and Delta counties

Over the weekend, a mosquito surveillance/monitoring trap near Dixie River Road and Pinto Road northeast of Greenleaf in Canyon County tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Ed Burnett, District Director of the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.

Because of hot weather expected for the next several weeks, it is important to avoid mosquito bites by following practices known as the "7 D's".

TAP HERE for West Nile Virus information from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The district tests mosquito pools regularly and has found mosquitoes with West Nile virus every year since the virus arrived in the county in 2004.

Last year, TCPH reported two associated deaths for the season.

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Since 2004, 229 Butte County residents have contracted the virus and eight have died.

Officials said with increasing mosquito populations and the detection of WNV within Butte County, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take all precautions necessary to drain any and all un-needed standing water, report any suspected mosquito-breeding sites to the District, and protect themselves from the bites of mosquitoes.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans through mosquitos. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile are most active at dusk and dawn.

Because of the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations.

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In previous years, WNV has been reported from all parts of the state.

Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.

Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

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